Balcatta fashion student to show off Japanese-inspired wares at Proto


Model Caitline Brown with designer Rina Chen. Picture: Alan Chau
Model Caitline Brown with designer Rina Chen. Picture: Alan Chau

BALCATTA fashion student Rina Chen is showcasing her style at South Metropolitan Tafe’s annual graduate fashion show.

She is among the advanced diploma of applied fashion design and merchandising graduates to feature their collections at the November 16 event, Proto.

Chen worked in marketing and advertising then studied multimedia and graphic design before choosing to study fashion.

“In my employment role I documented the editorial of fashion trends and I became captivated by the fashion industry,” she said.

Her eight-look collection that will debut at the show is inspired by Wabi-sabi – the Japanese philosophy of beauty.

“Tireless experimentation with silhouette, drape and body proportions has occupied my design development process,” she said.

“I endeavoured to achieve an understated effortlessness through clean pattern-cutting and tailoring techniques.

“Wabi-sabi combines both western and eastern aesthetics of fashion as an expression of my own heritage.”

Chen had two of her designs selected as finalists at this year’s Perth Fashion Festival Future Runway event and is seeking a career in the Perth fashion industry after graduation.

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